What Constitutes Violent Crime?

brandi-ibrao-1140359-unsplash-copy-300x225Chicago marked a memorable day on the calendar this month — January 14, 2019.

That was the first day in 2019 when there were no reports of gun violence in the city. The day before, three people were wounded after being shot, but no one was killed. According to police, most of the violent crime and killing in Chicago is related to gang activity. Members commonly fight over territory they feel is theirs or retaliate against perceived offenses by rival gangs.

The level of crime in the city has remained steady in recent years for the most part. Last year, the number of homicides decreased in many areas of Chicago but increased in other areas of the West and South sides. Neighborhoods such as West Garfield Park and Englewood are still seeing much violence that is gang or gun related.

If you or someone you care about is facing violent crime charges, a violent crimes defense lawyer in Chicago can help you with your case and work diligently to get the charges reduced or even dismissed.

What Constitutes Violent Crime?

A violent crime is any act in which the objective is to cause bodily harm to another person. The title and definition suggest violent behavior that causes injury. The severity of the penalty will be determined by whether a gun or other weapon was involved, whether the assailant has a prior record of criminal behavior, and other circumstances related to the case.

The category of violent crimes encompasses:

  • Weapons charges
  • Arson
  • Assault and battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Wounding with malicious intent
  • Carjacking
  • Domestic violence
  • Home invasion
  • Hate crimes
  • Murder
  • Homicide and
  • Terrorism

If the violent crime includes the use of a deadly weapon or force, then there is a real possibility the charges will be elevated or additional charges will be added.

Out of all the crimes listed above, homicides are considered by law enforcement as the most serious. A homicide is a crime that causes the death of another person. Manslaughter and murder are intentional killing. They are the most severe types of homicide. Involuntary manslaughter is the crime of killing another person unlawfully, but unintentionally. Though it involves no intent to kill someone or cause serious bodily harm, it can still result in a lengthy prison sentence.

Frequently, violent crimes against others or property are rooted in hatred and resentment. On a smaller scale, individuals may have a complete disregard for the well being of others, which can also increase the severity of the crime in the eyes of the jury or judge.

Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer Serving Chicago and the Surrounding Area

As one of the most violent cities in the country, Chicago is cracking down on criminal activity. If you are found guilty, you may be sentenced to prison for the rest of your life or the death penalty. The state of Illinois reinstated capital punishment in 1977.

Your relationships, career, life, and future can be adversely affected in a significant way if you are convicted of a violent crime. Do not put your future in jeopardy by working with a court-appointed attorney.

David Freidberg will be your aggressive and dedicated representative fighting for your rights in court.

To work with a criminal defense attorney who will genuinely defend your freedom, schedule a free consultation or call (312) 560-7100 to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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